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#1 Old 07-31-2011, 09:25 PM
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Hello I have a new 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, 6100 miles on it, at about 3000 miles the engine light came on, I called the dealer and they said that they were aware of this and a fix was in the works, could be several weeks. I went in for my first oil change, and they turned off the engine warning light, coming home that day I began experiencing a new problem, "Check Charging System" would blink and alert sounds were happening, if you got below 40 mph the car would die, you would have to stop, push the ignition button and then it would restart, it is now happening about daily...anyone else experiencing problem?

I took my car in last week for the recall on the engine warning light, I thought all was good now...but still getting the "Check Charging System". This has now happened 4 times, twice in the past two days.

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I am also from the DFW area. I drove the first hybrid off the lot off of 820 and 183. I had my first experience going down loop 12. I had every alarm going off CEL, check charging system etc. and loss of power. It happened several times. The dealer at first said that they did not know of any problems but I walked in the dealership with the copy of other people's experiences from the forum from all over the country and Canada who had the same experiences. To make a long story short they flew in an engineer and dropped the electrical system out then put it back securing all of the connections because the car was not talking to their computer. After that the codes were read confirming that there was a connection problem however they did replace some recalled parts. It has gone 350 miles without the problem. One of the members of the forum used their iphone to film the lights and alarms for their dealership. The hot temperatures this week will be a test on the hybrid!!!
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Hi Gary, I too had the "Check Charging System" light and chime go on last Monday. I held off posting on the forum and was waiting to see if anyone else had this issue besides me. I was going about 40 mph when it went off and didn't notice a loss of power, but then again I just pulled over to the side of the road and shut the car off and re-started it and all has been fine since. I just had the car in about 2 weeks ago to have the recalled sensor and headliner replaced, and the car has driven the same as before the repair was made. What I did notice at the time the warning light went on was that the battery meter was just around half, which is where it normally is most of the time. I was going to call the dealer the next morning, but decided to drive it more and see if it would do it again, but it hasn't and I have been driving it daily. I hooked it up to my diagnostic reader and there is no code in the history to bring to the dealer. If it does illuminate again, I will bring it back to the dealer. In your case, since it has happened 4 times in 2 days, I would definately get it checked out. Hopefully this is not the next phase of issues that we will be dealing with as I expect some bumps in the road since this is the first hybrid that Hyundai has produced. I truly enjoy the handling, mileage, quietness, and feel of the vehicle as a whole, but can't help but wonder if some are wiser to wait for the 2012 models to hit the market which will hopefully have all the quirks dealt with. It's my 4th Hyundai and I have been quite happy with the company thus far, and have faith that they will do what's right by us.
Good luck, Vinny.
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Hi Gary, I too had the "Check Charging System" light and chime go on last Monday. I held off posting on the forum and was waiting to see if anyone else had this issue besides me. I was going about 40 mph when it went off and didn't notice a loss of power, but then again I just pulled over to the side of the road and shut the car off and re-started it and all has been fine since. I just had the car in about 2 weeks ago to have the recalled sensor and headliner replaced, and the car has driven the same as before the repair was made. What I did notice at the time the warning light went on was that the battery meter was just around half, which is where it normally is most of the time. I was going to call the dealer the next morning, but decided to drive it more and see if it would do it again, but it hasn't and I have been driving it daily. I hooked it up to my diagnostic reader and there is no code in the history to bring to the dealer. If it does illuminate again, I will bring it back to the dealer. In your case, since it has happened 4 times in 2 days, I would definately get it checked out. Hopefully this is not the next phase of issues that we will be dealing with as I expect some bumps in the road since this is the first hybrid that Hyundai has produced. I truly enjoy the handling, mileage, quietness, and feel of the vehicle as a whole, but can't help but wonder if some are wiser to wait for the 2012 models to hit the market which will hopefully have all the quirks dealt with. It's my 4th Hyundai and I have been quite happy with the company thus far, and have faith that they will do what's right by us.
Good luck, Vinny.

Well...............I've not had that problem yet!, But have had the MIL/CEL come on twice, one at 1200 and 2350 miles. The first time it was fixed, then 12 days later it came on again. The last time on the 29th of July, an engineer from Hyundai in Dallas flew in and checked out my problem. It took him roughly three hours, and so far so good. I haven't had the problem you have mentioned. But I did come across what I hope won't be a new problem down the line.
When I tired to start the car, the ready light failed to come on. The car was in park, I wasn't low on fuel, so the only thing left was the smart key battery was low or dead. I've been trying to figure out how to charge the battery using the center console, and or over ride the start/stop button. Have any ideas?
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Sorry Bob, I don't have any ideas on that one except that since you have had numerous documented issues with the MIL/CEL and had an engineer from Dallas fly in to diagnose your issues, you may want to officially document the latest problem just in case it becomes a more wide spread issue down the line.
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Well as I was going into the dealership on Tuesday to have my car looked at, it died three times on the way to the Hyundai dealership, mainly because I was in high traffic in DFW, which didn't make other motorist happy as I had to stop, put in park, shut off engine (which is not running), and then would restart go about a mile and same thing again. Luckily I made it to the dealership, in for repairs for 3 days, got a hold of a specialist and reset some codes in the computer, off and running again. So far so good, but with temperatures around 107 outside, really scared to go too far. But the dealership did make a comment this seems to be a huge problem with all the Sonata Hybrids, so beware.

I do enjoy the car, but can only take so much of taking to dealership for ongoing problem, fingers crossed that finally fixed for good.
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Hey Gary, hopefully all will be good now that they had your car for 3 days. I'm just curious if you know what they did specifically to repair your vehicle besides reset some codes. Was there any problem with the alternator, battery, or voltage regulator? Just curious because I had that light come on only once but have not had any other problems with it since. I would be pretty upset if it starts to cut off on me while on the highway like yours did. I hope you don't have any further issues with the vehicle and all works out for you. Take care, Vinny.
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I guess I jinxed myself because I had the "check charging system" light and chime go on for the second time just about 15 minutes ago as I was turning into my community. The vehicle lost engine power even as I tried to press the accelerator and came to a stop. Battery meter was at half. This now is definately a safety issue and could have caused me to be involved in an accident had I been driving on an expressway in traffic. Earlier today I had the car out for a 200 mile run without a problem, but I am getting frustrated. Needless to say the car is going back to dealer ASAP.
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You really need to consider reporting this to NHTSA. This is a potentially life threatening issue if it dies and you are in the middle of a busy freeway. You'll get no sympathy if it happens here in Chicago.

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You really need to consider reporting this to NHTSA. This is a potentially life threatening issue if it dies and you are in the middle of a busy freeway. You'll get no sympathy if it happens here in Chicago.
Yes, I just did report it online to the NHTSA. While on the site, I researched 2011 Sonata complaints (there is no dedicated Hybrid selection) and found over 300 lodged on Sonatas.
I did see at least one other on the Hybrid air flap system, but none on my issue.
Thanks for the advice and my dealer will be getting a visit from me tomorrow.
Take care, Vinny.
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